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State’s application on appointment of DGP rejected by Supreme Court

SC on Tuesday, had asked the Union Public Service Commission secretary to appear before the court and inform if UPSC had prepared a panel of senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officers for appointments of DGP by state governments.

Saima Siddiqui

Saima SiddiquiBy Saima Siddiqui

Published on 16 Jan 2019 9:41 AM GMT

State’s application on appointment of DGP rejected by Supreme Court
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New Delhi: The plea of some states to appoint the Director General of Police through an internal state committee rather than through Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has been rejected by Supreme Court.

States like Punjab, Haryana, West Bengal, Kerala and Bihar had earlier filed an application in which they demanded that the DGP should be appointed as per state orders. These states have been striving for implementing the local laws in such appointments.

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The bench led by chief justice Ranjan Gogoi, said that the previous orders of the court regarding selection and appointment of DSP were issued in public interest to make the system transparent and protect policemen from any political intervention.

SC on Tuesday, had asked the Union Public Service Commission secretary to appear before the court and inform if UPSC had prepared a panel of senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officers for appointments of DGP by state governments.

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On July 30, 2018, SC had also passed a number of directions on the reformation in police services and had also scrutinized the steps for appointments of DGPs. In its order, the top court said that UPSC will prepare for a panel of senior officers and the states will choose their DGPs among them.

This direction has come into effect after lawyer Prashant Bhushan said that UPSC doesn’t prepare the list of senior IPS officers, it is prepared by the Department of Personnel and Training.

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